Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Indian

Nearest Town: Round Lake
Primary County: Nobles
Survey Date: 06/01/2010
Inventory Number: 53000700
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
County Concrete
DNR Concrete


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 197.21
Littoral Area (acres): 204
Maximum Depth (ft): 6
Water Clarity (ft): N/A

Dominant Bottom Substrate: N/A
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: N/A
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): N/A


Did you know? Much of Minnesota's fisheries program is reimbursed by the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program (federal excise tax), administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Fish Sampled for the 2010 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Bigmouth Buffalo Trap net 0.29 0.2 - 1.0 3.35 2.6 - 5.8
Gill net 2.00 0.8 - 7.0 2.26 N/A
Black Bullhead Trap net 2.71 11.5 - 132.6 0.92 0.2 - 0.4
Gill net 5.33 30.3 - 150.6 0.83 0.2 - 0.4
Black Crappie Trap net 1.57 1.2 - 20.5 0.37 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 0.67 1.4 - 13.8 0.25 0.2 - 0.4
Bluegill Trap net 2.57 1.2 - 20.0 0.32 0.1 - 0.4
Gill net 1.00 N/A 0.62 N/A
Common Carp Trap net 0.57 1.0 - 5.5 11.63 1.4 - 4.6
Gill net 1.00 1.0 - 13.8 3.86 0.8 - 3.7
Freshwater Drum Trap net 1.00 0.2 - 3.3 0.07 0.3 - 1.0
Gill net 1.67 0.5 - 8.3 0.85 0.4 - 1.7
Northern Pike Trap net 0.14 N/A 3.31 N/A
Gill net 1.33 1.1 - 8.0 2.45 1.8 - 3.4
Orangespotted Sunfish Trap net 0.29 N/A 0.04 N/A
Walleye Trap net 0.14 0.5 - 3.0 0.11 0.8 - 2.3
Gill net 1.67 2.3 - 18.1 1.31 1.0 - 2.3
White Crappie Trap net 29.43 0.3 - 6.0 0.42 0.3 - 0.6
Gill net 4.67 0.5 - 8.4 0.12 0.2 - 0.3
White Sucker Trap net 0.14 0.3 - 2.6 1.81 1.0 - 2.0
Gill net 4.33 0.8 - 6.5 2.49 0.9 - 2.0
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.71 0.5 - 2.5 1.10 0.3 - 0.7
Gill net 0.33 0.5 - 3.5 1.05 0.3 - 0.7
Yellow Perch Gill net 16.67 2.7 - 25.0 0.45 0.1 - 0.3
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species (Trapnet, Gillnet) Sampled for the 2010 Survey Year

Species Number of fish caught in each category (inches)
0-5 6-8 9-11 12-14 15-19 20-24 25-29 30+ Total
bigmouth buffalo 1 1 0 2 1 2 0 0 8
black bullhead 0 0 27 8 0 0 0 0 35
black crappie 1 8 4 0 0 0 0 0 13
bluegill 12 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 21
common carp 0 0 0 0 1 3 1 2 7
freshwater drum 8 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 12
northern pike 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 5
orangespotted sunfish 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
walleye 0 1 3 0 1 1 0 0 6
white crappie 8 95 105 4 0 0 0 0 220
white sucker 0 0 0 0 14 0 0 0 14
yellow bullhead 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 6
yellow perch 7 8 32 1 0 0 0 0 50


For the record, the largest Quillback taken in Minnesota weighed 6 lbs., 14.4 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Mississippi River, Ramsey County
    When: 4/6/91
    Statistics: 23" length, 18" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Largemouth Bass fingerlings 97 10.0
  Walleye fingerlings 2,016 84.0
  Walleye fingerlings 2,737 119.0
2011 Northern Pike fingerlings 2,040 8.9
  Walleye fingerlings 5,086 208.7
2009 Walleye fingerlings 5,652 204.0
2008 Northern Pike fingerlings 3,005 17.2
2006 Walleye1 fingerlings 2,958 204.0
2005 Northern Pike fingerlings 2,052 30.6

Stocking Notes
1 - indicates fish purchased and stocked by private citizens and sporting groups.
2 - indicates fish purchased by the DNR for stocking.

Stocking Fish Sizes
Fry - Newly hatched fish that are ready to be stocked usually called "swim-ups". Walleye fry are 1/3 of an inch or around 8 mm.
Fingerling - Fingerlings are one to six months old and can range from a size of one to twelve inches depending on the species. Walleye fingerlings range from three to eight inches each fall.
Yearling - Yearling fish are at least one year old. A one-year-old fish can range from three to twenty inches depending on the species. Walleye yearlings average from six to twelve inches.
Adult - Adult fish are fish that have reached maturity. Depending on the species, maturity can be reached at two years of age. Walleye reach maturity between the ages of four and six years.

Fish Consumption Guidelines

No fish consumption guidelines are available for this lake. For more information, see the "Fish Consumption Advice" pages at the Minnesota Department of Health.


Status of the Fishery (as of 06/01/2010)

Indian is a 204-acre class 43 lake located approximately 2 miles southeast of the City of Round Lake in Nobles County near the Minnesota-Iowa border. The lake has a maximum depth of 6.0 feet, has a watershed to lake ratio of 38 to 1. Indian is managed primarily for black and white crappie, while northern pike and walleye are managed as a secondary species. The lake has had a history of low oxygen readings and is therefore aerated during the winter months.

The walleye gill net catch rate of 1.7 fish/net in 2010 fairly low when compared to lakes like Indian. The gill net catch rate was considerably higher in 2004 with a catch rate of 17.7 walleye/gn. The walleye gill net catch rate was 2.3 in 2000. The low catch rate in 2010 can be attributed to walleye yearlings being stocked in 2003 rather than walleye fingerlings. Since natural reproduction is limited, this left empty year classes in 2003, 2004, and 2005. The only fish sampled during the assessment in 2010 were from the yearling stocking in 2003 and fingerling stockings in 2006 and 2009. A change to the management plan with increased frequency of stocking may improve the catch rates as well as fishing. To create a "fishable" walleye population and meet the long range goal for Indian Lake, the stocking frequency should be increased to two of three years or every other year. Lengths of walleye caught in gill nets ranged from 9.3 to 21.0 inches and had an average length of 13.6 inches.

Both black and white crappie are available to anglers in Indian Lake. Black crappie have 7-8 dorsal spines with dark splotches against a white background on their body. White crappie have 5-6 dorsal spines and black splotches that form vertical lines on their bodies. The black crappie trap net catch rate of 1.6 fish/net in 2010 was also low when compared to other lakes similar to Indian. The black crappie trap net catch rate was 7.3 fish/net in 2004 and 19.3 fish/net in 2000. Lengths of black crappie caught in trap nets ranged from 5.5 to 11.4 inches and had an average length of 8.3 inches. In contrast, the white crappie population is doing quite well in Indian Lake. The white crappie trap net catch rate of 29.4 far exceeds what we would expect in Indian Lake. Typically white crappies tend to thrive in more turbid waters which is what we would expect for this larger watershed. Lengths of white crappie caught in trap nets ranged from 6.5 to 14.0 inches and averaged 9.0 inches.

The northern pike gill net catch rate of 1.3 fish/net in 2010 is a little on the low side and is down a bit from previous fish surveys. Lengths of northern pike caught in gill nets ranged from 19.7 to 24.4 inches and averaged 22.1 inches.

The yellow perch population is in good shape in Indian Lake. The gill net catch rate of 16.7 fish/net is just above the long term average catch rate of 16.3 fish/net. Lengths of yellow perch caught in gill nets in 2010 ranged from 5.2 to 12.4 inches and averaged 9.1 inches. It is likely that good perch fishing could be had on Indian Lake.

Black bullhead numbers are low in Indian Lake but the average size is quite good. Lengths of black bullhead caught in trap nets ranged from 10.4 to 13.4 inches and averaged 11.6 inches.

Other fish sampled during the 2010 assessment included bigmouth buffalo, common carp, bluegill, freshwater drum, orangespotted sunfish, white sucker, and yellow bullhead.

To maintain a healthy fishery in Indian Lake; we need to promote Best Management Practices (BMP's) within the watershed to help reduce nutrients entering the lake. High nutrients and sediments in a lake can cause algae blooms and reduce water clarity.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
175 Co Rd 26
Windom, MN 56101-1868
Phone: (507) 831-2900
Internet: Windom Fisheries
E-Mail: Windom.Fisheries@state.mn.us

Lake maps can be obtained from:

Minnesota Bookstore
660 Olive Street
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 297-3000 or (800) 657-3757
To order, use C2911 for the map-id.


For general DNR Information, contact:

DNR Information Center
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4040
TDD: (651) 296-6157 or (888) MINNDNR
Internet: www.dnr.state.mn.us
E-Mail: info.dnr@state.mn.us

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